Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Family Friday {Where We've Been}

I can hardly believe I haven't blogged since the middle of January and now it is March 5th! Already this year is is what we've been up to.

Jack Frost 
For starters it has been downright frigid! We've spent way too many days curled up in front of the fire and snuggling. This poor pup has turned into lil Bear's living cuddle. I've had to teach him to leave Finley alone when he is sleeping so instead Bear just lays down next to him waiting for Finley to wake up.

Snow Ice cream
Back in January we were hit with some decent snowfall so the littles were on snow day 2 & we decided to break up the board game/movie watching marathon with a little snow ice cream. They loved it and asked to make it several times afterwards.

100 Day
Peanut's 100 day celebration at school was rescheduled 3 times due to snow/cold days. Last minute (read: 11 pm the night before) I decided to make him a special shirt for the occasion. Thank you felt & fabric glue. The grey creature is my futile attempt at a whale, the school mascot.

More Flames
We hosted some friends for a dinner party and dined by candle light. It is something we've gotten out of the habit of doing and I was reminded of how much I do love the flicker of a flame. It soothes the dining experience, which is often quite chaotic with 3 tiny diners.

We celebrated St. Valentine and all the trinkets and semi-permanent tattoos one could dream year I am finally going to make good on my promise not to wait until last minute and get something other than Lisa Frank valentine cards (yes, the same Lisa Frank cards I handed out and obsessed over as an 8 year old).

Chi-Town Eats
Despite the nasty weather, we made into the city twice this month. Theo N & Thea L were visiting from Toronto & we opted for Sunday dinner in the city, rather than at YiaYia & Bopi's.  And this past weekend,  Hubby & I made it back downtown to dine with Bestie J & her Beau just squeezing in our new year's resolution to do dinner together monthly.

Over the record breaking cold spell we experienced in early February I decided to participate in a 3 day shake cleanse....never so badly have I look forwarded to a cup of hot vegetable broth. Note to self: this is summer time thing. Nobody wants to drink a smoothie (or four) when it is -5 out.

My kids are always bringing things home from their grandparents' houses, but this takes the cake. This potato came from YiaYia & Bopi and oddly resembles a giraffe or Bullwinkle the mouse. Either way it is creepy, but seriously awesome to a kid.

The past few weeks have been a bit bumpy for the youngest members of the family. Bear fell and hit his eyebrow on our granite island resulting in a trip to the ER and 3 stitches. Thankfully the cut is healing perfectly and I've been applying mederma like a crazy woman.  

The second patient of the month was Finley. The poor puppy became violently ill in the middle of the night and would only sleep if I cradled him in my arms. After much exploration all we can decipher is that he must have gotten into the peel of an avocado from the trash. He lounged on the bed most of the day and was back to himself by the following night thank goodness. 

To Everything There Is a Season
This week we traded in our trusty van of nearly 8 years for a new car. I had always viewed driving it as an "occupational hazard", but when it came time to see it off I shed more than a few tears.
Before Hubby & I headed out to the dealership, I piled all 4 babies into the car for a quick photo shoot.

Warm Hugs 
While we are on the subject of cars. One of the littles spotted this vanity plate while we were out car shopping over the weekend. They were all convinced it was "his" car. 

Packing Our Bags
Spring break is around the corner and we will soon be headed for the warm Florida sun. I've been working slowly on planning outfits and packing. I am loving the hot pink Jack Rogers I picked up for Belle, but couldn't believe how big they were when I placed them next to mine. Planning for her first trip to Disney is still fresh in my mind....wish I could keep them little. 

Birthday Marathon
The B Family Birthday Marathon kicked off last week with lil Bear's 3rd birthday. This photo is one of my favorite outtakes from the day. A full post is to come next week. For now though  I'll wrap up this marathon of a post with a story about M. 

If you've read the blog for any period of time my 3rd born started off as "Bear" due to his fondness for teddy bears. As he grew horses and trains took over that coveted spot and the name no longer fit. 
I began to refer to him as "M or lil M". 

In December I began reading "Little Bear" to him and he was hooked. In fact he requested that I call him "my little bear "& he call me, "mother bear". So just like that the original title "Bear" seemed fitting yet again.

And with that I am putting an end to this rambling, run on post. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Want it Wednesday {Lights I'm Loving}

Part of the master bedroom makeover includes unifying some of the decor in the adjoining master bath. We currently have two brushed nickel chandeliers in there that are much better suited for a dinette and have to go. Here are a few of my favorites so far. 

The gold pagoda would fit the space perfectly but at $1,000 a piece the price point is too high for a temporary fix. 

I am in love with this Mercury glass chandelier from Restorayion Hardware Baby & Child. It doesn't quite go with the feel of the space....perhaps my walk-in closet need a little bling. 

Both the bottom lanterns are from Shades of Light and I'm leaning towards the white bamboo fixture.

Work on the actually space won't start for awhile, but I hope to have an inspiration board to share soon. Now I better get lunches packed and some breakfast on the table. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Manor Monday {Recycling Christmas}

Last week the Christmas decorations were sorted though and packed away. 
I decided to take a few of the natural elements and repurpose them around the house. 

The dried hydrangea from the Living Room tree have found a new home arranged in a pair of silver bowls and perched atop the Dining Toom buffet. These bowls originally sat on the head table at our wedding reception and I love having them out on display. 

The two Trader Joes boxwood wreathes dried nicely. I relocated the one over the kitchen sink to our sparcely decorated master bedroom and left the second one still hanging in the foyer. 

Despite their "preserved" state, I like having pops a greenery in the house during the frigid winter month. And it is always nice to breath life into old objects. 

Happy Monday! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Family Friday {NYE & Start of 2015}

Before 2014 is too far behind us, I wanted to recap how we spent our New Year's Eve. Belle helped me bake this year's Vasilopita and set the table for our New Year's Day brunch.

Later on that evening we meet up with Besties H & B for  a Hibachi dinner. The boys were quite gun shy when it came to flames, but have talked about it daily since that night.

Afterwards, we headed over the Bestie H's house to ring in the New Year. She went all out with a lovely spread of desserts and even hangover goodie bags! (These may have been reached for the following day...wink, wink).

I am not sure what happened to all our photo booth shots but I do have the doggie's pose.

On New Year's day, YiaYia and Bopi joined us for a simple brunch of Vasilopita, eggs, bacon & cheese plate. I threw together a pear & basil Sangria spritzer and it complimented the meal nicely. For the littles, I picked up mini-bottles of Coke as a special surprise.

This year's coin fell between Belle & Peanut's pieces of bread so they both are destine for good luck this year. The remainder of the day we spent watching hockey and celebrating our niece's 6th birthday.

And before Winter Break's end, the whole family treated Peanut to a 2 hour bowling extravaganza.

This weekend we've got Peanut's first basketball game and the temps are suppose to be arctic yet again...stay warm everyone!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Want it Wednesday {Pink & Pretties}

This morning it is -30 with the windchill and quite truthfully this post should just be pictures of sunshine and pool time...what I really want right about now. But alas Mother Nature I am not so I'll stick to coveting pretty fabrics and shiny objects.

Now that all the Christmas decorations are packed away, a few accessories have shuffled around the house including our current master bedroom lamps. Since the master is part of our 2015 goals, I went ahead and grabbed a pair of the lamps above to replace the ones now in the family room.

The living room is crying out for the addition of the pink and navy chinoiserie pillows I stumbled upon at pinterest. If anyone knows the source please let me know!!!

And speaking of chinoiserie, I was shocked to see this fab bedding set at Pottery Barn Kids. If we hadn't just finished up Belle's room in July I would be snatching this up in a heartbeat. 

The Allison Evan's oyster bowl has been on my list for a couple years and I've got the perfect spot for it on my family room coffee table.

I finally remembered to grab a second wreath hook for the mudroom door back in November. Now that the Burlap santa is packed away, I need to get my hands on one of these wooden monograms to look at when entering from the garage.

With that I'm off to start the day. The littles are home from school due to the cold. We have a heated game of boys vs. girls monopoly to finish up while keeping warm with a pancake breakfast to mark peanut's Name Day. Stay warm everyone!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014 was a lovely day spent relaxing and resting as 3 of the 5 of us were sick with one ailment or another. Despite the lack of perfect health, we each enjoyed the joy and magic of Christmas day.

 Belle & Peanut rose way, way, way too early and around 7 we let them wake up lil Bear and come downstairs. Every year we snap Easter and Christmas pics on the staircase. It is fun to see how much the littles (and the decor around have changed over the past 5 years.

I am happy to report that everyone made it onto Santa's nice list this year. Belle received a Harry Potter wand, xBox Harry Potter Lego game & box set of Hogwarts texts. Peanut's loot included a hot wheels set. electronic battle ship game & moon in my room. Lil Bear was happy to find his requested helicopter under the tree along with a marble run & Imaginex city. Even Finley was visited by Puppy Paws and received new Juliska dog bowls (who knew the make puppy porcelain!?!) and a few toys.

Each of the littles took turns opening their wear, read & do gifts. They also pooled their money together and bought Dinsey Infinity as a group gift for each other.

Homemade gifts are still my absolute favorite and this handprint snowman family actually brought a tear to my eye....I will treasure it always!

We had fun playing with our new gifts before Christmas brunch with YiaYia and Bopi. 

Hubby took Belle and Peanut to Thea D & Theo J's house for Christmas dinner while I stayed home with a sick lil Bear and celebrated by watching White Christmas.

And just like that, another Christmas is in the books!